DIY photography gear and specifically DIY “grip” gear has been quite the rage for the past few years. Photographers are finding many ways to save some money on all that expensive stuff and then posting how do it all over the interweb. There’s a lot of interesting things out there to try to make on your own: from DIY ring lights, to beauty dishes, to snoots and grids. Also have a look at my DIY Soft Box for Strobes.
Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me explain a few vocabulary words:
- First of all, DIY = “Do It Yourself,” …like, der.
- “Grip gear” (or just “grip”) refers to all the stuff you need for photography that isn’t cameras, lenses, flashes, etc. “Grip” is the stuff that holds the cameras and flashes. It’s tripods, light stands, light boxes (aka banks), clamps, gels, and even duct tape and screwdrivers can be called grip. Basically, it’s stuff that makes photography a lot easier but isn’t really quite as (take a deep breath studio photographers!) necessary.
This is the stuff that most amateur photographers don’t have, but every professional photographer has a closet full of. These days though, many amateurs are learning that this stuff can help you get better pictures, and these things are really not that hard to use.
Lots more on DIY photography gear after the jump…